Is Jack Hendry signing already looking inspired for Celtic?

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The problems are mounting up at the back for Scottish Premiership giants Celtic; luckily, they signed Jack Hendry from Dundee in the January window.

Celtic Manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates at full time during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between St Johnstone and Celtic at McDiarmid Park at  on February 5, 2017 in Perth,...

Brendan Rodgers demanded that Celtic did not miss out on signing Jack Hendry in the January transfer window.

It seemed that the Hoops were unwilling to pay the £1.5 million fee required to bring the Dundee defender to Parkhead but, once Rodgers made it clear that he was desperate not to miss out, Hendry was soon spotted posing in green and white, as reported by TEAMtalk.

Jack Hendry of Dundee in action during the pre season friendly between Brechin City and Dundee at Glebe Park on July 11, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

And, just a fortnight later, the decision to bow down to Rodgers’ demands is already looking a good one. Because, not for the first time this season, Celtic are suffering something of a defensive injury crisis.

The Hoops already lost Dedryck Boyata to injury prior to their Europa League clash with Zenit St Petersburg and now Nir Bitton, the midfielder who has filled in at centre-half at times this season, has been ruled out for the rest of the season as he requires knee surgery.

To make matters worse, Jozo Simunovic is bang out of form right now and Erik Sviatchenko left on loan for FC Midtjylland during the January transfer window.

Jozo Simunovic of Celtic tackles Kylian Mbappe of PSG  during the UEFA Champions League group B match between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic FC at Parc des Princes on November 22, 2017 in...

Suddenly, Hendry looks like a key man already with assistant manager Chris Davis insisting that the club have ‘no qualms’ about picking the ball-playing centre-half for the daunting match against Russian giants Zenit, the most prolific side in this season’s Europa League so far.

Hendry is a player with real quality but it will be interesting to see how he responds to being thrown in at the deep end.

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